At the shore of the Bristol channel, the Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station is worth a visit to those with an interest in science and technology. Visitors must register at the 51.1287-3.005493EDF Visitor Centre in Bridgwater. An identity check is part of the pre-visit registration process, so do not forget to bring your passport.
51.2089-3.12821Hinkley Point B Nuclear Power Station, ☏ +44 1278 654600, email@example.com. An active nuclear power station with 2 operational 650 MW reactors of the AGR (Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor) type, the first of their kind to be connected to the British power grid in 1976. After an introduction, visitors are taken on a tour through the power station, visiting the turbine hall, the reactor hall, and the control room. The tours are guided by Bob, a retired plant operator with over 50 years of experience in nuclear technology, who is able to answer almost any question. A tour takes about 4 hours (including safety checks) and requires a fair bit of walking. Decent shoes and proper clothing are required. Free. (updated Jun 2018)
51.2051-3.14562Hinkley Point C (HPC). Construction site of the Hinkley Point C power station, to be commissioned in 2025. Tours are organized around the site where this megastructure is being erected, including the concrete factory producing the concrete required to pour the reactors continuously for over 50 hours, the excavations for the turbine hall and back-up generators, and the 3-km-long pipeline with a 3.5-m diameter to suck in cooling water.
51.149161-3.0533411Gurney Manor Mill, Gurney St, Cannington, TA5 2HW, ☏ +44 1278 653582. A watermill of 15th-century origins converted into a B&B. Comfortable rooms with character. Pleasant grounds with water features. Good quality home cooked breakfasts. £30-45 per person per night inc. B/fast.
51.104536-2.9958882Travelodge, First Motorway Services, M5 Service Area, Huntworth Business Park, TA6 6TS, ☏ +44 8719 846243. Part of Bridgwater services. (updated Mar 2018)
Blackmore Farm (see Buy) is also a B&B with 14 rooms, gets great reviews, B&B double from £120 in 2020.